Aspidistra columellaris Tillich – Gard. Bull. Singapore 64(1): 204. (2012).
Cultivated plant in the Munich Botanical Garden, collected in China (Province and collector unknown), Tillich 5719 (M, including flowers in the liquid collection).
Rhizome epigeous, diameter 5 mm, with soon decaying scales. Cataphylls up to 7 cm long. Leaves solitary, 1–1.5 cm apart. Petiole slender, 20–35 cm. Blade ovateacuminate, coriaceous, 18–20 × 5–7 cm, with numerous white spots. Peduncle 0.5–2.5 cm, with 4–5 purple spotted scales. Perigone cupulate, thick-walled, changing from green to beige externally, lobes abaxially spotted brownish-red. Tube 7–8 mm high, 12–15 mm in diameter, finely verrucose, purple-black internally. Lobes 8, deltoid, c. 4 mm long and wide, fleshy, erect to somewhat recurved, adaxially purple with beige tips, finely verrucose, with two low verrucose keels, each keel approaching the neighboring keel of the adjacent lobe and extending to the base of the tube. Stamens 8, inserted in the lower third of the tube, filaments short, directed obliquely downwards, anthers 2.5–3.0 mm, hooked around filaments, oriented downwards. Pistil 5 mm high, flat-topped. Style a stout column with 4 longitudinal groves alternating with the stigma lobes, dark purple. Stigma 7–8 mm in diameter, delicate, thin, upper surface purple, finely verrucose,cruciform with 4 arms bifurcating to 8 flattened, pale lobes.
Tillich & Averyanov (2012) – Gard. Bull. Singapore 64(1): 204..